KUALA LUMPUR: The Meteorological Services Department hopes to start cloud seeding tomorrow to induce rain at haze-affected areas to help clear the air.
An official at the departments cloud seeding division said the artificial rain inducement was necessary as the dry weather conditions and forest fires had caused haze, resulting in deteriorating visibility and air quality.
The official said the department had alerted a private company to prepare a Skyvan (a small aircraft) and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to allocate a Charlie aircraft for cloud seeding operations.
The private company needs a few days to prepare the equipment on the smaller aircraft.
We hope to conduct the cloud seeding on Monday, he added, saying that the exercise would first be concentrated in the Klang Valley.
Cloud seeding is the process of spraying sodium chloride (normal table salt) solution into cumulus clouds to provide nuclei for water droplets to condense on and become bigger, resulting in rain.
The RMAF aircraft would be able to carry about 4,000 litres of salt solution and the smaller aircraft about 1,000 litres.
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